Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Keeping Busy

Things are starting to feel a little bit more normal around here. The weather is settling down and it doesn't seem as humid as it has been. So I have been working frantically getting my Summer Swap finished for my Embellish-It friends. The magnets on the back are drying so they will be sent off a day late. Oh well. I procrastinated doing these and this is what happens. But I found the greatest little mini calendars ever. I found them at Easy Life Productions. If you ever need little, custom made calendars then check them out. Their customer service is excellent!! So here is a picture of some of them.

I did get to make and finish another Bam Pop! creation this week. This one features my daughter and features some really great monster paper and stamps by them. It's just so fun to work outside my box once in a while. Kind of challenges you to think in different ways than your used to thinking.

Anyway, I sent them an email with a picture of the robot layout from the previous post. They emailed me back the next day and asked if they could put it in their gallery. I'm sure they do this with anyone who sends in a picture of someone using their products. But it still makes me feel GREAT! You can find their gallery here.

And last but certainly not least... I was reading new posts over at Itty Bitty Scrap Shack and was reading a post from Beth. She had posted layout that was done for a challenge at Scrapping the Music blog. It was for Challenge #47 Stay Beautiful which is a gorgeous song by Taylor Swift. I was reading through the blog and looking at all the wonderful layouts people had created and thought I would give it a try. So this is what I came up with:

I am definitely bookmarking this site and playing again. Fun, fun!!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

OK, now July seems to be flying by...

It does! It's the 27th already and I haven't posted anything since the 9th. It is what we New Mexican's call the monsoon season this time of year. If you know anything about our climate here the weather is usually very dry. I noticed a few weeks ago that all the doors in the house were starting to stick and wouldn't close. I knew then dreaded monsoon season was upon us. This is when it rains every afternoon and the humidity shoots up to 70+ percent. I grew up in this humidity stuff living in Iowa and it's one of the many reasons why I moved to New Mexico. No humidity! This is why I never had long hair living Iowa and why I am so tempted to cut all my hair off now. But I won't and I'll just go around with fuzzy, fly away scary hair for a couple more weeks. That's what hats are for, right? Then the climate will go back to normal. We also have a swamp cooler instead of refrigerated air. A "swamp" is a lot less expensive to run and it uses water to cool the house down. So when it is humid outside and your pumping cool wet air into the house via the "swamp" then you have like 90% humidity in the house. All my scrap paper and cardstock is warped and damp which makes it hard to do anything with. Adhesive tape runners don't work very well either as I discovered on the cards I've made have become separated into pieces again. So my creative juices have be "swamped" (ha get it!) for the last few weeks. I have just been avoiding the scrap area.

Yesterday I decided to go through all my pictures I have accumulated over the last year. I put a bunch of them in photo albums and I separated all the pictures that I want to scrap into little ziploc bags and reused Shutterfly photo envelopes and put them in a photo box. I was looking at my son's 4th birthday pictures and set them out. He had a robot themed birthday last year. I bought the cutest paper pack and stamps by Bam Pop. So funky and eclectic! They remind of the cartoons I used to watch in the 70's. They kind of remind me of Yo Gabba Gabba which is on Nick or Noggin (maybe both) now and my kids like to watch it when they can. I know a lot of parents think the show is a little strange and weird but if you grew up in the 70's it's a blast from the past. So check out their website. It's so cool! But anyway, they had this really cute robot paper in the pack and I have some pictures of the robot birthday cake my son had for his birthday party and of him blowing out the candles and eating it, and thought this would be the perfect paper for these pictures. This is what I came up with.

I had lots of fun with my Stickles and Cricut on these and I raided my hubby's stash of nuts and washers from his tool chest in the garage.

I did have some time to work on a Summer swap that I am doing. I will try and post those soon.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Does July seem to be flying by?

I guess not it's only the 9th. I don't know why it seems later in the month. I guess it's because I am getting ready for Caden's 3rd birthday party coming up soon. Yesterday I just ordered every dinosaur shaped balloon I could find. I need to start thinking about her cake too. And yes, it will be in the shape of a dinosaur or at least have dinosaurs on it somewhere. I did get her birthday card made. She saw it the other day and wanted it right then and there. She has been dying to get one of mommy's cards for a while now. I told here she would have to wait until her birthday. She's so excited to get. She may be a scrapper/card-maker extraordinaire some day.

I did find some time to do the Caardvarks challenge this past weekend. The theme is "On the Farm". So I pulled out my Ed Emberley Picture Pie book and found the cutest little pigs paper piecings in it.
Since I have a lot of little kids birthday coming up I thought it would make a great birthday card.

I have a couple more cards I made this past week. These two were done for some challenges on Split Coast Stampers. The Kraft, Black, and Sky Blue card is giving me some ideas for Christmas. It was done with the Home Accents Cricut cartridge.

Aren't those the cutest flower clips? They were a RAK from Michelle, my friend over at Embellish-It. You should check her blog and see the amazing cards that she makes.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Happy Hump Day

Wow it's Wednesday already. After an early morning of swimming lessons I am ready for the day to go forward. So I am a little behind on my CPS sketches. The first card is based on the CPS sketch #71. I thought I would continue to work with the color pink some more. It's actually a great color, especially with shades of brown. I also thought the green background would change it up a bit.

This card is based on the CPS sketch #70. And this time I thought I would go back to my Basic Grey Cupcake paper (I just love this paper!!). The frosting on the cupcake is white Liquid Applique. I just love the "Yummy" rub on too.

While I'm at it I thought I would check out the sketch challenge on Poetic Artistry. Let me tell you... fun challenge, or should I say challenges. I made one card for two challenges on there. The first challenge was the Monday Mojo Week #44 sketch. The second challenge was called "A Starry Challenge" and you are to make any kind of a project with a star on it. I just love stars!! So I made a star card using the #44 sketch. And I'm still going with the pink thing on this card too.